Church says Pilgrims penalty decision was spot on

Anthony Curch.
Anthony Curch.
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ANTHONY Church has explained he decided to take Boston United’s penalty on Saturday - to exorcise some boyhood demons.

During United’s 2-2 draw with Hyde, eyebrows were raised when the midfielder placed the ball on the spot, following Connor Byrne’s foul on Jamie Yates.

Especially because regular penalty taker Marc Newsham was on the pitch at the time.

However, Church wrestled the ball from Danny Sleath and neatly tucked away United’s second.

Looking back at his days in youth team football, Church explained: “I had a few demons from taking penalties when I was younger.

“I wanted to get rid of those, so I decided I was going to take it.

“I know some of the other lads were unhappy, but we’ve missed a couple lately and I thought it was my turn.”

Danny Sleath and Spencer Weir-Daley have both seen spot kicks saved in recent weeks, both when Newsham was on the bench.

But now Church believes he wants all the club’s dead balls until the end of the season.

He said: “I’ve been practising my free kicks in my own time after training lately and hopefully that’s making a difference.

“I want the penalties as well now after that, it was a good feeling to stick it in the net.”